Local Women: Natalie Raab

Occupation: Student and Michigan State University Teaching Fellow Residence: East Lansing Family: Mother, Jan; grandmother, Elisa; sisters, Jenny and Sarah Hobbies: Reading, spending time with family and friends, trying new foods, fashion and dance. Natalie Raab, a Michigan State University senior studying psychology and women’s studies, is a driven individual who has a passion for helping others. Raab interned for the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program and aspires to practice clinical trauma therapy for survivors of rape and sexual assault. To learn more about the program, visit www.endrape.msu.edu. Q: Tell me about your internship at the Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program. A: I was a medical advocate and a hotline advocate, as well as clerical worker in the office. I would respond to sexual assault medical calls at Sparrow Hospital to advocate for survivors of rape and sexual assault. I also answered hotline calls at the program to inform individuals about counseling and about the Sexual Assault Program’s resources. Q: What were some of the challenges and benefits of the internship? A: Working with these survivors was very challenging because of the subject of sexual assault. Not many people understand issues surrounding sexual assault because there is so much judgment and victim-blaming surrounding victims of assault, especially for women. It was a very real and emotional experience for me to hear these survivor’s stories. Along with the challenges however, came the rewards of the internship. I benefitted from these strong women and gained so much from hearing their stories. Simply knowing that I was there to advocate for these survivors is enough to outweigh the challenges of the job. Q: What inspired you to go into the fields of psychology and women’s studies? A: I have always felt the pull to go into a career that helps others. Once I decided on psychology as my major and women’s studies as my minor, my world opened up with learning opportunities about what these fields really entail. I was able to take so many liberal arts classes with course content that dealt with individual and social injustices in vulnerable and at-risk populations. That was just the push I needed to help me decide that I want to receive my master’s (degree) in social work.

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